The Dauphin County Coroner’s Office confirmed it was called to a shooting Thursday evening at Fifth and Maclay streets in Harrisburg.
The shooting appeared to have taken place in the area of the parking lot of the Nativity School of Harrisburg. One neighbor, Elizabeth Hall, said she heard the shooting from a block away at around 5:30 p.m., she said.
The victim is believed to be a 17-year-old boy, according to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse.
Police said the shooting was first reported in the 2100 block of North 5th Street. They found the teen suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, and he died at the scene.
Police taped off the school’s lot, where an ambulance was still parked. Evidence markers could be seen on the ground.
Hall said when she arrived that she could see officers performing CPR on the boy. She is a retired registered nurse and said it looked like it was already too late by the time she got there.
She said she saw people who appeared to be family in the midst of their grief trying to get to the teen but were being held back.
Dozens of people, including friends and family were walking around the scene on Thursday evening, coming and going from the surrounding residential neighborhood.
“The thing is, you see the friends start to show up. And they’re crying. You hear these big guys just wailing. The girls crying,” Hall said. “But then the anger comes out.”
Several shootings have been reported in Harrisburg in the last couple of weeks, resulting in injuries and property damage.
Hall said she has been calling almost every day if not multiple times a day to report shootings she can hear from her house.
As the investigation continues, police are asking that anyone with information contact them at 717-588-6900. Tips can also be submitted through the department’s Crimewatch website.
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